×

Local News

Duncansville approves alley repairs

DUNCANSVILLE — The borough will try to help customers of a local salon avoid hairy driving experiences when they come for shampoos and trims. On the advice of consulting engineer Tom Levine, Borough Council agreed to order workers to fill in potholes in an alley that customers of Kustom ...

Tune your planter for good stands

The lengthening days are a sign that spring is near. While we’re over a month away from dropping the first seeds of the year, it’s time to ensure that your planting equipment is ready for another season of use. University studies have confirmed what many have observed in the field; corn ...

Cleanup events set in May, June

Keep Blair Beautiful, the Altoona Water Authority and the Blair County Conservation District are planning to hold their Great American Cleanup event in May, while the Little Juniata River Association is holding its event the following month. Participants for the Keep Blair Beautiful event ...

Agriculture briefs

Martinsburg Pesticide meet re-scheduled A make-up date for the Feb. 12 Central High School pesticide meeting has been set for 7 to 9 p.m. March 12 in the high school cafeteria. The re-scheduled meeting will offer 2 category and 2 core credits in category 01 and PC. There is no fee for ...

Superior Court candidate to guest speak at forum

Superior Court candidate Rebecca Warren will be a guest speaker at the Blair County Republican Women’s candidate forum Monday evening at Prime Sirloin Buffet in Duncansville. Warren, a former district attorney for Montour County and the first female DA for the county, has over 27 years of ...

FFA spotlight

Noah Miner Age and school: 15, Bellwood-Antis High School Family: Father Mark Miner Years involved with FFA: 2 Amount of time spent on FFA: 30 hours FFA projects: I have my own herd of cattle. Favorite FFA memory: Aces FFA accomplishments: Greenhand How has FFA prepared you ...

Briefcase

IMC announces program The Innovative Manufacturers’ Center, a public-private partnership dedicated to increasing central Pennsylvania manufacturers’ innovation, productivity and profitable growth, has announced the PA MAKES Mini-grant Program funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission ...

Powered up

Curtis Lockard makes his way home along 22nd Avenue on Monday afternoon after completing some shopping at the Ivyside Plaza. Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec

AASD accepts teacher’s resignation

The Altoona Area School Board accepted the resignation of Altoona Area High School special education teacher Holly Metzler, ending the paid administrative leave that she has been on since January as police investigated allegations against her. Metzler faces charges that include three counts ...

Norton pleads, avoids trial

HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man will be incarcerated for 8.5 to 25 years after entering guilty pleas Monday to attempted homicide, robbery, criminal trespassing and related charges. Carlos A. “Malik” Norton, 24, was supposed to select a jury Monday in Blair County Court to hear criminal ...

SCI Houtzdale employee accused of contraband

HOUTZDALE — Contraband charges have been filed against an employee of the State Correctional Institution at Houtzdale for smuggling drugs to inmates. Rick Allen Davis Jr., 36, was charged on Saturday by state police with felony counts of intentional possession of a controlled substance, ...

Man pleads guilty to burglary

CLEARFIELD — A man who said he was high on methamphetamine when he broke into the Moshannon Valley High School was sentenced Monday in Clearfield County Court. Samuel Jordan Bonsell, 28, Beccaria, pleaded guilty to burglary before President Judge Fredric J. Ammer­man, who sentenced him to ...

Blair County mom loses challenge to court order

A Blair County mother has lost her challenge to a court order that established adoption as a placement goal for her two teenage daughters. The decision last Thursday by the Penn­sylvania Superior Court ends a seven-plus year confrontation between the mother and Blair County Children, Youth ...

Candidates to speak at meeting

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County Citizens for Accurate Re-assessment, the citizens’ group that challenged the county re-assessment in 2016, will hold a special general meeting 7 p.m. today at 703 Allegheny St. The group will hear presentations from candidates for county commissioner, pose ...

Correction

Nick Boutiller did not work the Wednesday bingo games at Pinecroft Volunteer Fire Company, as stated in a story on Page A1 in the Feb. 17 Mirror.

AASD student expelled

An Altoona Area student was expelled Monday for a year for fighting in school. Neither the student’s age nor grade level were included in the documentation provided by the district’s disciplinary hearing officer Terry W. Despoy. The student is permitted to apply for readmission provided ...

Guo faces more charges; bail at $1M

A 22-year-old man arrested last month on charges he had sex with two 13-year-old girls now faces additional charges in connection to two more underage girls as well as alleged prostitution and drug dealing. Jeffrey Guo, who has a Philadelphia address but charges indicate had been a Penn State ...

City eyes trades rules

City Council may consider liberalizing its regulations for licensing plumbers and electricians to encourage more competition in those trades, in hopes of reducing costs for builders and homeowners. A couple of council members are also open to discussing whether to allow owner-occupants to do ...

Ebensburg’s Tusing ‘living my bucket list’

EBENSBURG — The phrase “busy as a bee” indicates one is hardworking and industrious, and Gina Tusing of Ebensburg personifies that definition, displaying visible passion in a wide array of interests. In addition to her day job as DUI manager for Cambria County’s District Attorney, ...

Nicktown resident runs for Cambria controller

From Mirror staff reports A Nicktown resident is running as a Republican candidate for Cambria County controller, noting he thinks he can bring a new vision for accountability and efficiencies because of his experience as a small business owner. Steve Dillon, 66, of Water Falls Road, ...